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Charles Lane

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charles Lane (born Charles Gerstle Levison; January 26, 1905 – July 9, 2007) was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 77 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 101 as a narrator in 2006. Lane appeared in many Frank Capra films, including You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Riding High (1950). He was a favored supporting actor of Lucille Ball, who often used him as a no-nonsense authority figure and comedic foe of her scatterbrained TV character on her TV series I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour and The Lucy Show. His first film of more than 250 was as a hotel clerk in Smart Money (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney.

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Jan 26, 1905 In San Francisco, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1920-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie The History of Hooterville 2005-10-19
Known For
Poster of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Poster of On Trial
Poster of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Poster of You Can't Take It with You
Movie The History of Hooterville Self 2005-10-19
Series TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV Unknown 2003-03-12
Movie The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Regent Yarborough 1995-01-18
Movie Acting on Impulse Bellhop 1993-07-10
Movie True Identity Duane 1991-07-23
Series Shannon's Deal Unknown 1990-04-16
Movie Sidewalk Stories Artist 1989-09-15
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Series Otherworld Velcrows Widley 1985-01-26
Series Comedy Factory Unknown 1985-06-28
Movie Murphy's Romance Amos Abbott 1985-12-25
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series The Winds of War Adm. William Standley 1983-02-06
Movie Strange Invaders Prof. Hollister 1983-09-16
Movie Sunset Limousine Reinhammer 1983-10-12
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie Strange Behavior Donovan 1981-10-16
Movie The Little Dragons J.J. 1979-09-01
Series Mork & Mindy Unknown 1978-09-14
Movie Movie Movie Judge / Mr. Pennington 1978-11-01
Series ABC Weekend Special Unknown 1977-09-10
Series Soap Judge Petrillo 1977-09-13
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Series Sybil Dr. Quinoness 1976-11-14
Series The Family Holvak Unknown 1975-09-07
Series Karen Unknown 1975-01-30
Movie Long Way Home Unknown 1975-09-07
Series One Day at a Time Unknown 1975-12-16
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Rhoda Unknown 1974-09-09
Series Chico and the Man Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Adam's Rib Unknown 1973-09-14
Movie The Great Man's Whiskers Philbrick 1972-05-02
Series Temperatures Rising Fulton Briggs 1972-09-12
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series Maude Unknown 1972-09-12
Series The Sandy Duncan Show Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Series The Odd Couple Sid 1970-09-24
Series The Debbie Reynolds Show Unknown 1969-09-16
Movie My Dog the Thief Mr. Pfeiffer 1969-09-21
Movie The Gnome-Mobile Dr. Scoggins 1967-07-17
Series He & She Unknown 1967-09-06
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The Flying Nun Unknown 1967-09-07
Movie The Ghost & Mr. Chicken Whitlow 1966-01-20
Movie The Ugly Dachshund Judge 1966-02-16
Series Love on a Rooftop Unknown 1966-09-06
Series The Pruitts of Southampton Unknown 1966-09-06
Series Please Don't Eat the Daisies Unknown 1965-09-14
Movie John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! 'Strife' Magazine Editor 1965-03-24
Series F Troop Unknown 1965-09-14
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Movie Billie Coach Jones 1965-12-13
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Series The Wild Wild West Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie Looking for Love Screen test director 1964-08-05
Movie Rendezvous in Space Interviewee 1964-09-10
Movie Good Neighbor Sam Jack Bailey 1964-07-22
Movie The Carpetbaggers Denby 1964-04-08
Series The Bing Crosby Show Unknown 1964-09-14
Movie The New Interns Connors 1964-06-01
Series Wendy and Me Unknown 1964-09-14
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series The Munsters Unknown 1964-09-24
Series The Cara Williams Show Unknown 1964-09-23
Series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1964-09-22
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Series The Farmer's Daughter Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Papa's Delicate Condition Mr. Cosgrove 1963-03-06
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Bill Dana Show Unknown 1963-09-22
Movie The Wheeler Dealers Judge 1963-11-14
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Unknown 1963-11-07
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie The Music Man Constable 1962-06-19
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Unknown 1962-09-29
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Series The Wonderful World of Disney Unknown 1961-09-24
Series The New Bob Cummings Show Unknown 1961-10-05
Series The Tab Hunter Show Unknown 1960-09-18
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series The Comedy Spot Unknown 1960-06-28
Series Guestward, Ho! Unknown 1960-09-29
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Movie But Not for Me Al Atwood 1959-08-19
Movie The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock Standard Bates 1959-08-06
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie The Mating Game Bigelow 1959-04-29
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Twilight Zone Mr. Peckinpaugh 1959-10-02
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown 1958-09-24
Movie Teacher's Pet Roy 1958-04-01
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Series The Ann Sothern Show Unknown 1958-10-06
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Bachelor Father Unknown 1957-09-15
Movie God Is My Partner Judge Warner 1957-07-01
Series The Thin Man Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Whirlybirds Unknown 1957-01-03
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series The Real McCoys Unknown 1957-10-03
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour Unknown 1957-11-06
Series On Trial Unknown 1956-09-14
Series Star Stage Unknown 1955-09-09
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Screen Director's Playhouse Unknown 1955-10-05
Series The People's Choice Unknown 1955-10-06
Series Dear Phoebe Mr. Fosdick 1954-09-10
Series Willy Unknown 1954-09-18
Movie Remains to Be Seen Delapp 1953-05-15
Movie The Juggler Rosenberg 1953-05-11
Movie The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Prof. Obispo 1953-08-14
Series Topper Unknown 1953-10-09
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Movie The Sniper Loud Drunk at Club 1952-05-09
Movie I Can Get It for You Wholesale Herman Pulvermacher (uncredited) 1951-04-05
Movie Here Comes the Groom Ralph Burchard 1951-09-20
Series I Love Lucy Casting Director 1951-10-15
Movie The Yellow Cab Man L.A. Casualty Co. Executive (uncredited) 1950-03-25
Movie Riding High Erickson 1950-04-12
Movie The Second Face Mr. Westcott 1950-12-01
Movie You're My Everything Mr. Eddie Pflum (uncredited) 1949-06-29
Movie The House Across the Street Apartment Manager 1949-09-10
Movie Mighty Joe Young Producer (uncredited) 1949-07-27
Movie Smart Woman Reporter 1948-04-30
Movie Call Northside 777 Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited) 1948-02-13
Movie State of the Union Blink Moran 1948-04-30
Movie Out of the Storm Mr. Evans 1948-09-11
Movie Apartment for Peggy Prof. Collins (uncredited) 1948-09-30
Movie Living in a Big Way Hawkins (uncredited) 1947-06-10
Movie It Happened on Fifth Avenue Landlord (uncredited) 1947-04-17
Movie Bury Me Dead Brighton 1947-10-18
Movie Roses Are Red Lipton 1947-11-10
Movie Intrigue Hotel Desk Clerk 1947-12-06
Movie Mysterious Intruder Detective Burns 1946-04-11
Movie A Close Call for Boston Blackie Hack Hagen (uncredited) 1946-01-24
Movie Just Before Dawn Dr. Steiner (uncredited) 1946-03-07
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Real Estate Salesman 1946-12-20
Movie The Invisible Informer Nick Steele 1946-08-19
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Reporter at Marriage License Office 1944-09-01
Movie Mission to Moscow Man in Kitchenin Montage (uncredited) 1943-04-29
Movie What's Cookin'? K.D. Reynolds 1942-02-20
Movie Born to Sing Johnny 1942-02-18
Movie Obliging Young Lady Private Detective Smith 1942-04-01
Movie Ride 'Em Cowboy Martin Manning (uncredited) 1942-02-13
Movie The Adventures of Martin Eden Unknown 1942-02-26
Movie A Gentleman at Heart Holloway 1942-01-16
Movie Sealed Lips Attorney Emanuel 'Manny' T. Dixon 1942-01-02
Movie About Face Rental Car Manager 1942-04-16
Movie A Close Call for Ellery Queen Coroner 1942-01-29
Movie The Lady Is Willing K.K. Miller 1942-02-12
Movie The Great Man's Lady Pierce (uncredited) 1942-04-15
Movie They All Kissed the Bride Spotter 1942-06-11
Movie Lady in a Jam Government Man 1942-06-19
Movie Friendly Enemies Braun 1942-06-21
Movie Pardon My Sarong Bus Company Superintendent (uncredited) 1942-08-07
Movie The Mad Martindales Virgil Hickling 1942-05-15
Movie Thru Different Eyes Mott 1942-06-19
Movie Sunday Punch Ringside spectator at Ole's first fight (uncredited) 1942-05-08
Movie Tarzan's New York Adventure Sargent's Lawyer Gould Beaton 1942-05-01
Movie Home in Wyomin' Newspaper Editor 1942-04-29
Movie Broadway Hungry Harry 1942-05-08
Movie Barnacle Bill Auctioneer 1941-04-07
Movie Sis Hopkins Mayor's aide 1941-04-12
Movie Repent at Leisure Clarence Morgan 1941-04-04
Movie Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Doc Prouty 1941-03-24
Movie The Big Store Finance Company Man (uncredited) 1941-06-20
Movie Back Street Reporter for Associated News 1941-02-07
Movie Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Dr. Prouty (coroner) 1941-08-14
Movie New York Town Census Taker (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie Birth of the Blues Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited) 1941-11-07
Movie Appointment for Love Smith (uncredited) 1941-10-31
Movie Ball of Fire Larsen 1941-12-02
Movie Buy Me That Town J. Montague Gainsborough 1941-10-03
Movie Three Girls About Town Mortician 1941-10-23
Movie I Wake Up Screaming Keating- Florist 1941-10-31
Movie Edison, the Man Second Lecturer 1940-05-10
Movie Buck Benny Rides Again Charlie Graham 1940-05-31
Movie The Crooked Road Phil Wesner, Defense Attorney 1940-05-10
Movie You Can't Fool Your Wife Salesman 1940-05-21
Movie It's a Date Mr. Horner (uncredited) 1940-03-22
Movie Queen of the Mob Horace Grimley 1940-06-28
Movie Primrose Path Mr. 'Smitty' Smith / Hawkins (uncredited) 1940-03-22
Movie Johnny Apollo Assistant D.A. 1940-04-19
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife Reporter 1940-04-25
Movie We Who Are Young Perkins 1940-07-19
Movie Dancing on a Dime Freeman Taylor 1940-11-01
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Dr. Prouty 1940-11-30
Movie The Invisible Woman Growley 1940-12-28
Movie Blondie Plays Cupid Train Conductor (uncredited) 1940-10-31
Movie The Texas Rangers Ride Again Train Passenger 1940-12-13
Movie City for Conquest Al - Dance Team Manager (uncredited) 1940-09-21
Movie The Great Profile Director 1940-08-30
Movie Rhythm on the River Bernard Schwartz 1940-08-28
Movie The Leather Pushers Henry 'Mitch' Mitchell 1940-09-13
Movie Second Fiddle Studio Chief 1939-06-30
Movie News Is Made at Night District Attorney Rufe Reynolds 1939-07-20
Movie Rose of Washington Square Sam Kress 1939-05-05
Movie They All Come Out Psychiatrist 1939-08-04
Movie Lucky Night Carpenter 1939-05-05
Movie Boy Slaves Albee 1939-02-02
Movie Let Us Live Auto Show Salesman (uncredited) 1939-03-29
Movie Miracles for Sale Fleetwood Apartments Desk Clerk 1939-08-10
Movie Inside Story District Attorney 1939-03-10
Movie The Cat and the Canary Reporter 1939-10-27
Movie Charlie McCarthy, Detective Charlie's Doctor 1939-12-22
Movie Golden Boy Reporter Drake 1939-09-05
Movie Television Spy Mr. Adler 1939-10-20
Movie Beware Spooks! Moore 1939-10-24
Movie Honeymoon in Bali Photographer (uncredited) 1939-09-29
Movie 5th Ave Girl Union Representative (uncredited) 1939-09-22
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Nosey 1939-10-19
Movie The Rage of Paris Department Head (Uncredited) 1938-06-09
Movie Cocoanut Grove Weaver 1938-05-20
Movie Joy of Living Fan in Margaret's Dressing Room (Uncredited) 1938-05-06
Movie Professor Beware Joe - Photographer 1938-07-29
Movie Three Loves Has Nancy Cleaning Store Manager (uncredited) 1938-09-02
Movie You Can't Take It with You Henderson 1938-09-01
Movie Blondie Furniture Salesman (uncredited) 1938-11-30
Movie Kentucky Auctioneer 1938-12-30
Movie Always in Trouble Donald Gower 1938-10-28
Movie Big Business Webster - Bank Representative 1937-06-18
Movie Born Reckless Barnes's lawyer 1937-06-25
Movie Venus Makes Trouble District Attorney 1937-05-14
Movie Internes Can't Take Money Grote 1937-04-16
Movie One Mile From Heaven Webb 1937-08-18
Movie We're on the Jury Horace Smith 1937-02-12
Movie Ali Baba Goes to Town Doctor 1937-10-29
Movie Bad Guy Attorney 1937-08-27
Movie Nothing Sacred Rubenstein (uncredited) 1937-11-25
Movie Danger - Love at Work Gilroy, an attorney 1937-09-30
Movie Trapped by G-Men Fingers 1937-09-09
Movie Hot Water Grayson (uncredited) 1937-09-24
Movie The Milky Way Willard 1936-02-07
Movie The Adventures of Frank Merriwell Man in Front Row (archive footage) 1936-01-13
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Hallor (uncredited) 1936-04-09
Movie Lady Luck Feinberg 1936-09-13
Movie 36 Hours to Kill Lawyer Rickert 1936-07-24
Movie Easy to Take Skip 1936-11-06
Movie Ginger Judge (uncredited) 1935-07-04
Movie One More Spring Representative 1935-02-15
Movie The Florentine Dagger Man in Front Row (archive footage) 1935-03-30
Movie Two for Tonight Writer 1935-09-12
Movie Woman Wanted Defense Attorney Herman (uncredited) 1935-08-02
Movie Here Comes the Band Mr. Scurry 1935-08-30
Movie Twentieth Century Max Jacobs 1934-05-11
Movie Looking for Trouble Switchboard Operator 1934-03-28
Movie The Show-Off Mr. Weitzenkorn 1934-03-09
Movie Let's Talk It Over Reporter 1934-06-01
Movie Twenty Million Sweethearts Reporter (uncredited) 1934-05-26
Movie The Bands Plays On Shyster Lawyer 1934-12-21
Movie A Wicked Woman Defense Attorney Beardsley (uncredited) 1934-12-07
Movie Broadway Bill Morgan's Henchman (uncredited) 1934-11-30
Movie I'll Fix It Al Nathan 1934-11-10
Movie Central Airport Amarillo Radio Operator (uncredited) 1933-04-15
Movie Blondie Johnson Cashier (uncredited) 1933-02-25
Movie Employees' Entrance Shoe Salesman (uncredited) 1933-02-11
Movie Gold Diggers of 1933 Society Reporter (uncredited) 1933-05-27
Movie Grand Slam Waiter at Nicolai Restaurant 1933-02-22
Movie 42nd Street Playwright (uncredited) 1933-03-11
Movie Private Detective 62 Process Server (uncredited) 1933-06-10
Movie Mr. Skitch Hotel Clerk 1933-12-22
Movie The Bowery Doctor (uncredited) 1933-10-07
Movie Broadway Thru a Keyhole Columnist #2 1933-11-02
Movie My Woman Conn 1933-10-04
Movie She Had to Say Yes Mr. Bernstein (uncredited) 1933-07-15
Movie Union Depot Luggage Checkroom Clerk (uncredited) 1932-01-14
Movie Blessed Event Kane 1932-09-10
Movie The Mouthpiece Hotel Desk Clerk (Uncredited) 1932-03-21
Movie Smart Money Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited) 1931-07-11
Movie The Road to Singapore Desk Clerk at Club 1931-10-10
Movie Manhattan Parade Desk clerk 1931-12-24
Movie Blonde Crazy Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited) 1931-12-03
Movie City Girl Man at Train Station 1930-02-16
Movie Saturday's Children Mr. Henry Halevy 1929-03-10
Movie Service for Ladies Elizabeth's father 1927-08-06
Movie The Whirlwind of Youth Jim Hawthorne 1927-04-30
Movie Barbed Wire Colonel Duval 1927-09-09
Movie Padlocked Monte Hermann 1926-08-02
Movie Romola Baldassar Calvo 1924-12-06
Movie The White Sister Prince Chiaromonte 1923-09-05
Movie Broadway Rose Peter Thompson 1922-09-22
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Richard Lanyon 1920-03-18
Movie The Branded Woman Herbert Averill 1920-09-05